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D.C. EDUCATION BRIEFS: Remembering WTU President Elizabeth Davis

District public school teachers and local education advocates continue to mourn the loss of Washington Teachers’ Union President Elizabeth Davis, one of two victims in a fatal car crash on Easter Sunday.

Reports from the Maryland State Police said Davis, who was driving along Route 301 in Bowie, Md., and another driver collided. The other driver, a man in his late 60s, died at the scene while Davis, 70, succumbed to her injuries at Prince George’s County Hospital.

The WTU released a statement the following morning confirming the news.

“President Davis has been at the forefront of public education advocacy and reform, leading the WTU’s transformation into a social justice, solution-driven organization dedicated to advancing and promoting quality education for all children, irrespective of their zip codes or results of the school lottery, improving teaching and learning conditions and aggressively amplifying the voice of teachers in the dialogue around issues of teaching and learning,” the statement read. “We are confident that her legacy will continue to shape the WTU as well as education across the District.”

Upon learning of Davis’ death, DCPS Chancellor Lewis Ferebee tweeted that he was devastated to hear the news: “As president of the @WTU, Teacher, and an esteemed educator whose career spanned four decades, she was a dedicated leader and fierce advocate for DCPS.”

April 19 – Board Meeting

The Public Charter School Board will hold its virtual monthly meeting at 6:30 p.m., April 19. At this meeting, the board will hold a public hearing with the five groups seeking to open a public charter school.

More information will be available on our website. To receive an update in your inbox, contact Aliya Drake at adrake@dcpcsb.org.

April 21 – 22: ‘Teacher Recruitment Fair’

The DC Public Charter School Board, along with other education partners, will be hosting a free two-day, citywide “D.C. Virtual Teacher Recruitment Fair” from 3 p.m., to 6 p.m., Wednesday, April 21 and from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., Thursday, April 22.

Your organization is invited to participate in the second fair to support their 2021-22 recruitment and hiring needs.

The fair is geared toward both current and prospective teachers.

TransSTEM Academy

Through Cardozo Education Campus’ TransSTEM Academy, students gain real-world experience in the engineering and computer science fields.

The program also features an aviation and aeronautics lab.

Learn about Cardozo’s feeder pattern, enroll or re-enroll at http://enrolldcps.dc.gov.

DCPS Enrollment

Do you have a plan to enroll your student next year at DCPS? Visit http://enrolldcps.dc.gov for more information and enrollment support, including how to electronically submit forms for the next school year.

Academic Skill Building

Build the skills to excel in algebra in middle school.

Develop a love of reading together as a family or participate in hands-on learning projects that combine math, science, and the arts.

As DCPS works to recover from the COVID-19 learning slide, the school system is focused on enhancing the student experience and accelerating student learning.

While most programs are designed to help eligible students have a strong start for the next year, we will also offer virtual enrichment courses that any student in grades K-8 can register online to attend.

Program offerings by grade are listed below and see more about district-wide summer programs at https://dcps.dc.gov/summer.

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